Published November 21, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. – Santa Claus is fine at a North Carolina Christmas parade. But Mrs. Claus has to stay away.
Organizers of the Raleigh parade told The News & Observer of Raleigh that they are just following policy and children would be confused if there were two people in the Saturday parade in Santa suits.
John Odom says organizers even discourage parade watchers from wearing Santa hats so everyone's attention is on the real St. Nick.
Mrs. Claus isn't happy. Debra Goldman says she was allowed to don her gray wig and long red dress last year as she walked with the sheriff.
Odom says organizers didn't know Goldman was dressing as Mrs. Claus last year. This year, she sent out a press release.
Goldman says she still might wear a Santa hat as she walks.